Entrance to the harbour

Entrance to the harbour
visible changes
Image by rustyruth1959

The white tower, just visible on the Forrabury headland on the left of the image, was built in 1827 by a Boscastle businessman called Thomas Avery, he used it as a summer holiday home. In bad weather he walked along the cliffs, hoping for a shipwreck, so that he could be the first to loot the cargo when it washed up on the beach.

Later the tower was used by the revenue men as a lookout, who also kept a close eye on the shoreline, watching for smugglers.

Later their duties changed to keeping a watch for sailors in difficulty below. Today it is manned by volunteers from the National Coastwatch Institute. It is called Willapark lookout.

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